I don't build myself a computer but once every 5-7 years or so. I decided to go a bit flashy with this build. Lots of RGB LED lighting, some by choice, some not. The Corsair H115i is a great cooler, ever for the 9700k that runs hot as hades. The MSI gaming Z 8G has the highest turbo clock speed of the MSI RTX 2070's, so I chose that card over, for a balance between longevity and power (I don't game in 4K).
I'll be re-seating my heatsink to the CPU and testing out a couple different thermal pastes in an effort to bring the CPU temp down under load. More to come.
Thanks for taking a look!
Runs very hot. Can hit 80C under load. But still incredibly fast.
What can I say, it runs beautifully, and handles anything I play. Farcry 5, Division, CSGO, Wolfenstein II, all 144fps at max settings.
This card weighs 3.3lbs but does come with a support bracket. Fair warning: you MUST have 2 open slots beneath this card for the bracket to fit. It doesn't fit over an installed card (like a Sound Blaster card, for example...)
I absolutely love this case. I took a star off for two reasons. First, the inside is a little small for a full ATX case. Second, some people may not like the way cable management is set up. The shroud that sits in the bottom of the case does not leave room for cable routing. Because of this, some plugs were routed through the middle instead of from the bottom of the tray, which would've been neater. The case comes with a controller for keeping all the RGB fans in sync, and the remote can change color and/or disable RGB fans. The tempered glass is tinted, and very clean and neat as well, but kind of a fingerprint magnet. I would absolutely recommend this case to a friend.
I've been a Sound Blaster fan since the first card came out some 17 years ago. This card boasts an amplified headphone port for those demanding wired headsets on the market, and crystal clear audio and surround. The RGB lighting is pretty cool looking too. Comes with a LED strip that plugs into the card.